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Market Monitor: Desktop Virtualization

Market Monitor: Desktop Virtualization is a quantitative research service that tracks and forecasts the size and growth of the rapidly evolving desktop virtualization ecosystem. Coverage includes server- client-, cloud-and OS-hosted desktop virtualization, application virtualization and user virtualization.  The service also covers session-based computing, which has thrived for over two decades and continues to be one of the key drivers of next-generation end-user computing. The service provides a five-year forecast of market size and growth, as well as market-share details for leading vendors in this segment. The Market Monitor analyst team uses a bottom-up approach to track and project revenue for more than 50 vendors operating in this market.

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Recent Overviews - Desktop Virtualization

This is the latest in our series of market overview reports on the Desktop Virtualization Ecosystem. This report examines the two primary subsectors in the desktop vitalization ecosystem: Workspace Virtualization and Virtualized Desktop Management. It provides a proprietary forecast based on a bottom-up analysis of 53 vendors' current revenue and growth expectations through 2016.


The Desktop Virtualization Data File contains the most recently updated data set for the Market Monitor Desktop Virtualization product, which covers the rapidly evolving desktop virtualization technology marketplace which includes server-, client-, cloud- and OS-hosted desktop virtualization, in addition to desktop attached user virtualization, application virtualization and virtualized desktop management.. The data provides current market size and five-year growth rates for the desktop virtualization eco-system, leaderboard rankings for the top vendors, a list of all vendors by category and the revenue ?cluster? in which they fall under currently.


This is the second in a series of market overview reports on the rapidly evolving desktop virtualization ecosystem. Virtualization and cloud computing have empowered the end user with dynamic and flexible computing alternatives, opening up a new world of possibilities in the ‘user-centric’ evolution of IT. This report examines two forms of enterprise computing to provide a more comprehensive view of the space: desktop virtualization and session-based computing.


This is the introductory overview report on the rapidly evolving desktop virtualization marketplace. This report provides updated estimates for the desktop virtualization ecosystem, which includes server-, client-, cloud- and OS-hosted desktop virtualization, in addition to desktop-attached user virtualization, application virtualization, and virtualized desktop management. This report also includes a breakdown of desktop virtualization revenue by geographic region, customer size and vertical markets. Desktop virtualization has evolved materially over the past few quarters, achieving an estimated 100% year-on-year growth rate in 2010. The sector has gained traction with rapidly growing interest among the vendor and investor communities. Also, enterprises today are trying to achieve a ?cloud like? IT environment, and desktops serve as the key link between enterprise infrastructure and end-user functionality.


This report analyzes the current desktop virtualization opportunity – including 27 vendors competing in this space – and highlights some of the key issues, drivers and inhibitors for the market, backed up by survey results that validate our predictions for this segment.


Recent Segments - Desktop Virtualization

This report examines the aggregate market revenue and vendor shares for the application virtualization sector, including segmentation by geography and verticals. Application virtualization lets applications run on computers and handheld devices without having to be installed. In eliminating that installation step, these virtualization technologies radically change how applications are delivered and used. Application virtualization vendors seek to improve the portability, manageability and compatibility of applications by encapsulating them separately from the underlying operating system on which they are executed.


This report focuses on the application virtualization market segment, one of four components of our aggregate desktop virtualization ecosystem coverage. While we understand that a sizable application virtualization opportunity lies outside the realm of virtual desktops, this report focuses purely on virtual-desktop-attached application virtualization.


This report focuses on user virtualization, a segment of the desktop virtualization ecosystem that has recently seen a great deal of activity and interest. User virtualization vendors offer a set of tools that had initially evolved to address the limitations of Microsoft’s roaming user profiles, especially in virtualized desktop environments. However, the sector now goes beyond addressing those limitations and has become the focal point of the ‘user-centric’ world of IT and desktop virtualization. User experience has taken precedence over other aspects of a virtualized desktop environment, making the user virtualization sector perhaps the most important in the entire desktop stack.


Market Monitor Snapshot - Desktop:  September, 2011       Executive Summary
This report focuses on the server-hosted desktop virtualization segment of the broader desktop virtualization ecosystem. In the server-hosted desktop virtualization model, workspaces – including an OS, applications and user preferences – live in the machine room or datacenter, and are served to end users over the LAN or WAN. Examples include Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View. Server-hosted desktop virtualization accounts for approximately 50% of market share in the overall desktop virtualization ecosystem, and thus is of utmost importance in the analysis of the take-up and growth of the desktop virtualization space.


The high traction of desktop virtualization has resulted in the emergence of a new sector within the desktop virtualization ecosystem. Virtualized desktops need to be provisioned, monitored and managed in order to provide users with an uninterrupted desktop usage experience. This report introduces virtualized desktop management (VDM) as a new sector consisting of pure-play vendors that focus solely on this specific requirement, and examines market revenue aggregates and growth forecasts. VDM is expected to have the highest CAGR within the desktop virtualization stack, and this report evaluates the VDM market size, as well as market accelerators and inhibitors affecting this nascent sector.


This report provides an overview of the user virtualization marketplace, including key trends, growth divers and inhibitors, current market size and expected growth for the next five years, as well as vendor market share. As an added feature, we have included analysis of the aggregate desktop and application virtualization market, thereby rounding out what we consider the broader desktop virtualization marketplace.


Application virtualization is the latest in a series of attempts to centralize and simplify management of large fleets of Windows desktops and the applications they support. It is an abstraction layer between a Windows OS and application that decouples the two to make them separately manageable. In aggregate, application virtualization technologies do for Windows desktop applications what desktop virtualization does for the Windows operating system itself – they decouple payloads from underlying resources. This report leverages The 451 Group’s deep knowledge of and relationships within the application virtualization software marketplace, resulting in a proprietary forecast of industry revenue based on a bottoms-up analysis of 16 vendors’ current revenue and growth expectations. The 451 Group’s virtualization database generates a projection of the aggregate virtualization software marketplace through 2013.


This report examines the desktop virtualization market ? including serverhosted, client-hosted, OS-hosted and cloud-hosted offerings ? and features aggregate market growth expectations, as well as breakdowns of total revenue and vendor/product by market subsector. The report also covers overall growth drivers and inhibitors and includes detailed snapshots of 26 vendors.


 

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